A young pastor was sitting in a restaurant eating lunch. He opened a letter he’d just received that morning from his mom. As he opened it a twenty-dollar bill fell out. He thought to himself, "Thanks, Mom, I sure needed that right now."
As he finished his meal, he noticed a beggar outside on the sidewalk leaning against the light post. Thinking that the poor man could probably use the twenty dollars more than he, he crossed out the names on the envelope and wrote across the top in large letters, PERSEVERE!
So as not to make a scene, he put the envelope under his arm and dropped it as he walked past the man. The man picked it up and read the message and smiled. The next day, as the pastor enjoyed his meal, the same man tapped him on the shoulder and handed him a big wad of bills. Surprised, the young pastor asked him what that was for.
The man replied, “This is your half of the winnings. 'Persevere' came in first in the fourth race at the track yesterday and paid thirty to one.”
Two cowboy friends, Wally and Dallas, each bought a horse one summer. They enjoyed riding and doing the things that cowboys do. When winter came, they did not want to pay to have their horses stabled. Instead, they decided to release them in a pasture and get them in the spring.
Wally noticed a problem, and asked Dallas, "How will we know which horse is which?"
Dallas answered, "I've been thinking, and I have the answer! We'll cut the mane off of my horse and cut the tail off of yours. That way, we'll know which horse belongs who."
That seemed like a great plan, and so the horses were released into the pasture. When spring came, Wally and Dallas came to get their horses, only to discover that the mane and tail had grown back during the winter.
"Dallas, since the mane and tail have grown back, how do we know which is yours and which is mine?" Wally asked.
Dallas responded, "Well, I guess you'll have to take the black one and I'll take the white one."
We were standing in line outside a busy restaurant. The hostess was checking to find out how many people were in each group. "Party of two," we requested, "and could we please have Michelle?"
"Michelle?" asked the hostess.
"Michelle is my daughter, and just once in my life I want her to wait on me!"